While reading, writing, and arithmetic are all incredibly important in life, financial literacy and strong character will matter just as much in the long run for our children. Learn about this strong curriculum that makes teaching kids about money and character a simple task for any parent.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. The blogger received product and compensation in exchange for her time. This is an honest review of this homeschool entrepreneurship and character curriculum.
Why I believe we should be teaching kids about money
I’ll never forget the day. I was fifteen years old and I had just ordered my very own business cards with money I had earned from babysitting. They were so cute! They had a little baby on the side with a paci and a curl on top of its head. “Lesli Murray – Babysitter” was printed in bright pink with my phone number.
I felt like I had arrived! This was the start of my own babysitting business for several years. I babysat for almost every family in our church through the last three years of high school and much of college.
Sadly, I was never taught how to manage my money well. I would make around $100 a week, and always had gas money. But, I didn’t know to save or spend correctly, because I’d never been taught how to manage money in a wise manner. By the time I moved on from babysitting, I had lots of childcare experience, but no savings to show for it.
My oldest has recently started earning her own money as a mother’s helper, and I’ve been on the hunt. I’ve been looking for a curriculum that we can work through to teach her how to save, spend, and invest wisely. I want her to have this knowledge from the start of her earning years. In the long run, she’s starting off in a better place than I did all those years ago.
As I was planning for our school year, I came across The Kingdom Code and was immediately intrigued. Not only was this a curriculum that would teach children to manage money, but it would also teach them how to make money. We are a Christian family, and I am happy we’ve found a curriculum that will teach our children Biblical principles for business, spending, saving, and giving with their money.
Build a business foundation for their future
In our home, we are also looking ahead to the future for my children. My oldest hasn’t figured out what she wants to pursue career-wise. My middle is set on becoming an architect. We know that right now at ages twelve and nine is the time to start considering their futures. We need to look at how to prepare for scholarships, grants, and other funds for college for these two and their little brother.
My girls have both decided they are going to work for the Congressional Award through their high school years. Part of the award is a 4-5 day exploration trip that the student has to plan and fund. We have already started discussing ideas of how they can earn the money as teenagers for their exploration. I was delighted to find a program that will teach them how to lay a strong foundation for their businesses.
An Overview of The Kingdom Code for Teaching Kids about Money
What is The Kingdom Code?
The Kingdom Code is a Biblical, treasure themed, 27 lesson program. The program walks children through the concepts of financial responsibility, planning for a business, spending wisely, evaluating a business, setting goals, and living in financial freedom.
The Complete Starter Kit is what you need for your first student. It includes a teacher’s guide, student textbook, worksheets for each lesson, activities for each concept, a treasure map, and several other learning aids. The kit also includes the supplies to help your child set up their own money management system.
What concepts are covered in this program for teaching kids about money?
Through the program children learn:
– How to choose financial responsibility
– Over 100 financial vocabulary words like income, entrepreneur, integrity, and gross income
– How to have a giving heart with their money
– To set aside money for tithes and education
– How to create a plan for their income and investments
– That integrity and professionalism go a long way in a successful business
– How to design a plan for their business
– About business founders through history
– Individual responsibility
– The beginnings of effective communication
– The value of organization and strong record keeping
– How to plan appointments
– 10 foundational rules for sales and business behavior
– That success comes from on hard work, honesty, creativity, and determination
– How to evaluate a failing business
– To always be open to learning more information
– That their attitude and care of money extends to the rest of their behavior
– Choices have consequences
– A plan for solving problems in business and life
– Many more concepts dealing with money, character, and life skills
How is the curriculum designed?
The Kingdom Code contains a total of 27 lesson chapters. Each lesson covers a core principle in money and business. The lesson is then extended to introduce children to ideas related to the core idea. The theme of the curriculum is teaching kids about money by treating it as a treasure to be discovered. To carry the theme through the program, the text refers to the students as knights and they are on a hunt to discover the treasure.
The text for each lesson is broken into several sections. Almost every section has an action for the student to do before moving to the next section.
The sections cover:
– The main idea
– Character ideals related to the main idea
– Historic figures and businesses to prove points
– Discussion questions
– On their own activities for the students
Using The Kingdom Code for Teaching Kids About Money
Ways to use The Kingdom Code in your homeschool:
The Kingdom Code comes with a teacher’s guide that gives you a plan for breaking down the lessons. Each lesson has been divided into 45 minute lesson plans. Most lessons have two lesson plans, some lessons have four. Each lesson also has extra enrichment ideas.
As a homeschool family, you can follow the lesson plans for one or more students and complete the program in a single school year. You would need to plan to complete at least two lesson plans a week for a 36 week year.
The program would also work well for teaching kids about money in a co-op situation. Rearrange the lesson plans to cover the teacher led portions in once class per week. The teacher can then send homework home to complete the activities during the week.
How will our family use the curriculum?
I will be using The Kingdom Code with my twelve and nine-year-olds this school year. They are both thinking ahead to businesses they would like to start. This will be the perfect opportunity to give them the information they need.
I do plan on taking at least two school years to complete the program with them. I want to walk through the ideas and concepts carefully with my girls to make sure they have a strong understanding. We will also be adding in enrichment and extra reading on some of the concepts covered.
In our home, we do a lot of subjects together. We will use The Kingdom Code the same way. In our order, we received The Kingdom Code Coloring Book. I’ll be using it to give my six year old something to do while we work through the curriculum. It’s a perfect way to keep his attention focused and let him learn about character and responsibility along with his sisters.
The Benefits of Using The Kingdom Code for Teaching Kids about Money
If a student has the ability to read, write, understand math, seek out information, understand finances, and has a strong character, I believe they have a firm foundation for the rest of their life.
I believe the best feature about this curriculum is the methodical approach the program takes to both money management and character development. I can see many great conversations in our future when it comes to how we apply and grow from what we are learning.
I’ve looked long and hard to find a way to pour the financial lessons I’ve learned into my children. I’m incredibly pleased to find a solid program that will lead to a strong future for my children.
How to obtain The Kingdom Code for your student(s)
Parents can buy The Kingdom Code Complete Starter Pack here. If you have more than one student, purchase the Complete Starter Pack for your first student. Then, buy a Student Packet for each extra child.
If you are leading a co-op class, each student will need a Student Starter Kit to give each child a textbook.
If you’re teaching with smaller ears in the room, a copy of The Kingdom Code Coloring Book is a must have!
Learn More: Visit the website for The Kingdom Code
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